Taco Bell Built Its Demolition Man Restaurant At Comic-Con, And It Was Amazing

The 1993 movie Demolition Man is a science-fiction masterpiece, if you ask the staff of GameSpot Universe. We discuss the inner-workings of John Spartan, Simon Phoenix, and the world of San Angeles way more than anyone in their right minds should. So when Taco Bell announced that it would have a pop-up restaurant at Comic-Con, recreating the Taco Bell scene from the movie, we had to go, and it was the best activation we’d ever participated in the history of the show.

As you may know, according to Demolition Man lore, Taco Bell was the sole survivor of the Franchise Wars. Companies engaged in corporate warfare and buyouts until Taco Bell was the only restaurant left. All restaurants in Demolition Man became Taco Bell. In the movie, John Spartan–who was recently unfrozen from his cyro-prison–visited Taco Bell with his partner Lenina Huxley to have dinner with Dr. Raymond Cocteau, the creator of the peaceful society San Angeles.

There are lots of notable things about the Taco Bell scene in Demolition Man alone, from the tiny portions of vegan food to MTV Sports’ Dan Cortese playing piano and singing the commercial for “Green Giant.” And at Comic-Con, Taco Bell created a restaurant that could have been one of the many Taco Bells around San Angeles.

Additionally, GameSpot spoke with Matt Prince, who works as public relations and brand management at Taco Bell about the insane activation and how it came to be.

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  • Comic-Con 2018 Saturday Schedule
  • Best Cosplay From Comic-Con 2018 Day 1
  • Best Cosplay From Comic-Con 2018 Day 2
  • Best Marvel Cosplay From Comic-Con 2018
  • DC Universe Titans Trailer: F*** Batman
  • Everything We Learned About DC Universe
  • All The Exclusive Funko Pop Figures You Can Buy At SDCC
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  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Animated Series Is Back In New Trailer
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GameSpot: So how did this come about?

Matt Prince: Yeah, so this was an idea that the brand had for probably a good three years. You know, being around the brand in social media, listening, we see people bring up Demolition Man all the time. Even for a movie that’s 25 years old, any time we come out with a new brand initiative or an element to the experience for the customer or the restaurant, people always bring up Demolition Man. When we brought in weddings, people were like, “Oh my gosh, the future’s coming true, Demolition Man was a premonition, it’s true.” When we opened up the more cantina-style restaurant that was more upscale, alcohol was available at the restaurants, people were comparing it to the restaurant from the movie.

Prince: So we knew there was still a really strong desire to tie the brand to that movie, even 25 years later. Knowing the 25th anniversary was coming up, we thought, “If we’re gonna do it, now is the time.” And what better place to do it than the holy grail of science fiction in Comic-Con. So we’ve been working with Warner Bros. for the past eight months to put this all together. And so everything from the elements that you see from the movie, like the actual memorabilia and the wardrobes to the movie, we got from the archives, from Warner Bros.

Prince: It’s just been, from top to bottom, from the bathrooms to the entrance, there are touches of the movie, that if you saw the movie and you’re familiar with it, you’re gonna be blown away. Like, these little Easter eggs are really cool. But it also gives us our flexibility to talk about, “OK, well what if Taco Bell was in 2032? What if we were the only restaurant that survived the franchise wars? What would that look like?”

Prince: So that’s where we see some elements that you don’t get from the movie, like robots serving different dishes, you have some elements like hanging hydroponic plants that we could grow in restaurants someday, so you have the no silverware at the table. So there’s all these little predictions that we’re trying to make over the course of, you know, “What would 2032 Taco Bell look like?” So that kind of gives us a little bit of fun to have with it.

Did you guys partner with anybody else to design or flesh it out?

Prince: Yeah, so we work with an experiential agency called Cyrano Rox. We worked with them for many, many years on a lot of the pop-ups that we do, typically out in New York. But when we launched some products like the naked chicken chalupa, we did a really cool speakeasy in the heart of Manhattan. And so we’ve done different elements like that, but nothing to the scale of this and the buzz around Comic-Con and this kind of excitement.

These are great. We looked at these [menus] for eight or ten minutes.

Prince: It takes you a while for your brain to get it. But yeah, all sorts of people came together to really make this thing happen, which is really cool to see it come to life.

So you had the piano player upstairs. By chance, did you try to get Dan Cortese?

Prince: So we worked closely with Dan. So Dan came to our headquarters a few weeks ago to film some really neat elements for the line queue–you guys probably missed the line–but in the queue, there is a Dan that is welcoming everybody into the restaurant.

Cortese continued

Prince: He’s not Dan Cortese, he’s the minister of communications, so he basically welcomes everybody to the future of Taco Bell. So for us, it’s kind of that entertainment while you wait in line you get surrounded. It’s also that easter egg of Dan Cortese being the guy to do it. So before you leave, that video’s also playing above the bar. You might have to wait a few minutes to see it turn, but it’s amazing. He did a great job. It was really great. Yeah, he loved to be a part of it. We still get mentions from Dan Cortese all the time. That was a big thing that happened, like, we have to have Dan Cortese be a part of it in some way, shape, or form.

I have a question about the seashells. Everybody coming in was like, “Well, they better have the seashells. Like, they have them, right?” But having them be “out of order”–I thought about it for a second, and I think I realized that if you have the seashells out, people would probably try to wipe their a** with them or something. So what was the thinking behind the way that you did it?

Prince: [Laughing] Yeah, that was a strategic move for sure. One of the biggest things from the movie is the seashells obviously, and the question of how you use them is one of the biggest mysteries of all time. So we wanted to play within that space to kind of keep it going without making our own predictions. But, for sure, we wanted to make sure it wasn’t something that people would be, you know, from a sanitary perspective, be using, and things like that. So you can still get the element that it’s there. We add a nod to it without having any terrible things happening.

How can a seashell be out of order?

Prince: It’s probably because of how they’re used.

My favorite thing about it is that it adds to the canon. You guys worked with the studio, so we can assume that anything that happens here is canon, right? So now we’ve added a layer to the seashell lore. It’s beautiful, it’s one more piece of the puzzle.

I just wanted to also ask you about Taco Bell’s overall strategy of, like, I feel like you guys have really zeroed in and gotten in tune with your audience. I mean, nacho fries as a concept, I think, speak to a certain kind of person. And now we’re here, and you guys are doing a good job of this. Like, what is the overall strategy?

Prince: Yeah, if you look at the overall evolution of social media, it was around the same time as our brand really started picking up. Because for us, our consumers are really fanatical and they share that on social media. So it kind of opened our eyes to this culture and this fandom and this cult-like following that Taco Bell had. And so we really leaned into that. So everything from products that people wanted to come back to the way that our restaurants are built to the different things that we do, like this, is basically reflective of our consumer and our fan.

Prince: So once we really leaned into that, you kind of started this really shift in dynamic of, we truly do consider ourselves a lifestyle brand–more than just food, more than just a restaurant. How do we partner with Forever 21 on a really cool retail collaboration? How do we partner with Lyft on some technology innovations that have never been seen in the industry? So we’re looking at different ways to be in culture and ways that other brands within the industry aren’t doing and that’s what we really hang our hat on. Because you have moments like this where, going down the line and talking to people and, like, “What are you most excited to see?” They’re like, “Honestly, I just love Taco Bell, and this is amazing.”

Prince: I talked to one guy and was like, “Hey, are you a fan of Taco Bell?” He was like, “Yeah, do you wanna see my tattoo on my ass?” I’m like, “Of course I do!” And he had “Live mas” on his butt-cheek tattooed. And we got it on camera, so it was amazing.

Oh my god.

Prince: But to have that fandom, that level of fandom where people are tattooing slogans…

That’s wild. So you would have thought that you’d be calling his bluff and he’d say “Just kidding.”

Prince: I thought he was bluffing, I was like, “Okay, sure, I’ll see your tattoo,” but he actually had it.

I mean, personally I just love that you can replace any item on the menu, beans instead of meat, and make everything vegetarian, which is me, so I do that.

Prince: We’re the only restaurant in the industry to be certified by the American Vegetarian Association, which is amazing. We have the largest vegetarian menu with your substitutions with beans. With potatoes, we can make it meatless. It’s not certified vegetarian because we fry them in the same fryer some with some of the meat. But with potatoes, you can make anything meatless and amazing, so the options are fantastic for vegetarians. And a lot of places, the vegetarians are left with sides and these smaller, compromising dishes.

To have those options are great for people. And of course, in the movie Demolition Man, it’s all vegetarian. So if you look at the menu tonight, there was obviously one meat dish but everything else was vegetarian, so I don’t think they’re that far off from their prediction of the future, really leaning into a more plant-based, meatless world.

Thanks to Matt Prince for talking to GameSpot about the pop-up. Keep going for a look at the food the restaurant served, inspired by the movie.

Warning: The menu is really weird and doesn’t make sense until you see the actual food. Items with * next to it are outlawed items from the world of Demolition Man. However, because this was a special occasion, you could ingest them.

Course one: Joy Joy Hors D’oeuvre

Masa Geometrics / Corn4/ Legumes / Funghi / Tomato Aspic / Onion Soubise / Avocado / Cilantro & Capsicum

Course two: Crunchwrap Supreme Leader

Cheese & Masa Polygon / Seared Outlawed Aminos* / Green / Tomato Aspic / Nacho Cheese Crunch / Sour Cream Spheres

Course three: Franchise Freedom Fries

Nacho Cheese Potato Vessels w/ Bold Mexican Spices* / Cryo-Capsicum

Course four: Cinnamon Helix Confection

Oxygenated Twists / Cryo-Berry / 160 C Sugar

Comic-Con 2018: DC Comics Takes A Dark Turn With DC Black Label

At San Diego Comic-Con, DC Entertainment announced a new publishing imprint called DC Black Label. The label will only mark certain stories, each created by DC Comics’ most prominent writers and artists. They’ll bring edgy and provocative standalone stories to the legends of DC’s greatest heroes and villains. For starters, the label is focusing on stories centered around Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

“Creating DC Black Label doubles down on our commitment to working with all-star talent and trusting them to tell epic, moving stories that only they can tell with the highest levels of creative freedom,” said publisher Jim Lee. And freedom those writers and artists will have. Series that run under the DC Black Label won’t be restricted to a specific format, release schedule, or canon.

When it comes to DC Black Label, creative vision is most important. Writers will be free to write stories that contradict The New 52 or Rebirth, and artists can reimagine heroes and villains with designs that have never been seen before. DC Entertainment has six books planned for the first wave of DC Black Label titles: Superman: Year One, Batman: Last Knight on Earth, Batman: Damned, Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons, Wonder Woman: Diana’s Daughter, and The Other History of the DC Universe.

Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. are on Superman: Year One, which promises to be a groundbreaking reimagining of Superman’s classic origin story. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are behind Batman: Last Knight, a story that begins with Batman waking up in the desert next to The Joker’s head still alive in a jar. Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo are tackling Batman: Damned, a story where Batman and Constantine team up to chase down a horrific serial killer who might have managed to murder The Joker.

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Jimenez are telling a Homeric epic of the lost history of the Amazons in Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons. Not much is known yet about Wonder Woman: Diana’s Daughter (in fact, that’s a working title), but Greg Rucka will be using the comic to tell the story of a young woman who defies the odds of her hopeless world. John Ridley is writing a literary series that analyzes iconic DC moments in The Other History of the DC Universe.

The full summary of each of these books can be found on DC Comics’ blog.

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Comic-Con 2018: Best Cosplay From SDCC Day 2 — Skyrim, X-Men, Captain Marvel, More

San Diego Comic-Con 2018 rolls on, with Day 2 bringing even more news about everything from The Walking Dead and Star Trek: Discovery to Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. And, as with the first day, there remains a ton of great cosplay, as fans of various movies, shows, and games wander the San Diego Convention Center.

With Comic-Con representing such a wide array of franchises and types of media, there’s a huge amount of diversity in the cosplay to see. On Thursday, we spotted a variety of characters from Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, among others. Those were again represented on Friday, but we also spotted some others, including Skyrim’s Dragonborn, Captain Marvel, It‘s Pennywise, and Black Panther.

SDCC’s second day brought with it word that The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln will officially leave the program after Season 9. We also got new trailers for both that and Season 4 of Fear the Walking Dead, while Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 got a trailer and new details. But it wasn’t at SDCC itself that the biggest entertainment news of the day was revealed.

James Gunn, director and writer of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, was fired by Disney and will not be involved with the upcoming third film. The move was made in response to old tweets of Gunn’s that surfaced online in which he discussed various controversial subjects. Gunn doesn’t deny having written them, but did attempt to explain and apologize for them. Nevertheless, Disney and Marvel are done with Gunn. As a result of the news coming out, we didn’t see the director make an appearance during the Sony Pictures panel as expected. He was believed to be there to reveal a new movie project, possibly a horror film we heard about last year.

We’ll continue to report all of the biggest news from Comic-Con, so stay tuned to GameSpot. You can also expect plenty more cosplay from the event as it continues.

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Captain Marvel

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Last Dragonborn

Casey Jones

Jean Grey & Wolverine

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Daphne

Black Panther

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Pennywise

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McCree

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Iden Versio

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Quicksilver & Magneto

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Turbo Man

Tracer

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Fallout

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Peridot

No-Face

Soldier-76 & Mercy

Vulture

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Mystique

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Magneto

Doctor Doom

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Captain America

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Spider-Man

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Catwoman

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Miguel

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Juggernaut

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McThor

Venom Debuts New Footage, Teases Spider-Man Crossover At Comic-Con 2018

A Venom movie without Spider-Man seems like a dicy gamble, but the footage Sony debuted exclusively during Comic-Con 2018 had fans excited nonetheless. It didn’t hurt that they teased an eventual crossover with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, although it didn’t sound like something that will happen any time soon.

In the clip, Tom Hardy’s character Eddie Brock struggles to get the Symbiote under his control. He tries meditating, but there’s footage of more violent scenes interspersed as he attempts to clear his mind. “You cannot change the past. But in the present moment, you are in total control,” a voiceover says, but clearly that’s not the case.

The footage showed Riz Ahmed’s character, Dr. Carlton Drake, demonstrating the Symbiote’s effect on an unwilling patient/victim. He’s intent on forcing humanity to evolve. In another scene, Eddie races down the street on a motorcycle while the Symbiote erupts from his body, attacking nearby cars. Eddie speaks to the Symbiote, which can project words directly into Eddie’s mind, or appear as a CG Venom head protruding from Eddie’s body. In another scene, the two appear to have melded and reached some sort of balance; the Symbiote face peels partially away from Eddie’s, and the two proclaim together, “We are Venom.”

During the Sony movies panel in San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H, Tom Hardy said Venom will stick closely to the storyline in the Lethal Protector comics. “[Eddie] is an anti-hero, so he’ll figure on a goal, and he’ll do whatever he has to do to get to that goal,” he said. Earlier at SDCC, Hardy revealed why he took the role.

Ahmed said during the panel that Carlton Drake is a “genius billionaire inventor” who is trying to answer the question of “what does the future of humanity look like” with the Earth on the brink of ecological collapse.

Another Symbiote appeared in the footage as well, and director Ruben Fleischer explained afterward that as fans suspected, it was Riot–an adversary of Venom’s who is a “stronger and more powerful” Symbiote. He also has the ability to jump between hosts. “In our movie, you never know quite where Riot’s going to turn up,” Fleischer said.

Fans were expecting a little bit more, but Fleischer only teased that “there may or may not be other villains in the movie,” saying he didn’t want to give too much away.

However, moderator Jessica Chobot got one more small tease for fans, asking Fleischer and Hardy whether this cinematic incarnation will ever face off with Spider-Man, knowing that’s what fans really want.

“I have to think that the studio’s thinking the same way and that at some point down the road they’re going to run into each other’s paths,” Fleischer said.

“What, me? Go toe-to-toe with Tom Holland? I’ll have a go, yeah,” Hardy added. “He’s an awesome actor and I’d love to work with him, and I love Spider-Man. Who knows?”

Venom hits theaters October 5.

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Footage Debuts At Comic-Con 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has a huge amount of buzz thanks to its unique art style and starring role for the beloved Miles Morales. At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Sony showed off some exclusive footage that went beyond the trailers we’ve already seen.

In the footage, Miles has apparently just gotten his powers, and seems mostly confused by them. At school, he gets his hand tangled in Gwen Stacy’s hair, and wonders whether his strange new abilities are the result of finally hitting puberty. Later, the clip revealed that in Miles’ universe, Peter Parker is dead. Miles is visiting Parker’s grave in a makeshift Spider-Man outfit when he’s approached from behind by an older Peter Parker, voiced by Jake Johnson. Miles quickly figures out that the other Peter is from an alternate dimension, and requests that he teach him how to be Spider-Man.

Finally, the footage showed Spider-Gwen, who introduces herself to the other two as “from another, another dimension.” And three more Spider-Mans debuted: Spider-Man Noir, voiced by Nick Cage; Penny Parker, with her mech-like robot SPDR, voiced by Kimiko Glenn; and Spider-Ham, a cartoonish, costumed pig voiced by comedian John Mulaney.

Sony showed the footage during the studio’s panel in Hall H, SDCC’s largest venue. Moderated by Jessica Chobot, the panel included actors Shameik Moore (Miles Morales), Jake Johnson (Peter Parker), and Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen Stacy), directors Rodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey, and Bob Persichetti, and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

“He’s a black Spider-Man, black and Mexican, I think that that’s very powerful and iconic,” Moore said of his character Miles Morales.

In the movie, Morales intersects with Spider-Men from alternate universes, including an older, jaded Peter Parker.

“It’s Peter Parker at 40, it’s Peter Parker with a bad back..and who’s not sure if he still wants to be Spider-Man, and what it means to be Spider-Man after the excitement of being Spider-Man,” Johnson said during the panel. “That just got really heavy, folks. But that’s Peter Parker. It’s chubby Peter Parker.”

Hailee Steinfeld, who plays Gwen Stacy, said she’s excited to play a female superhero.

“I get to play a female superhero, which was pretty cool–and not just any female superhero, but the first Spider-Woman,” she said. “That was so exciting to me, and the fact that she really is the toughest and the coolest and the smartest and the most capable one in the room, and she knows it.”

Lord and Miller said they insisted on a Miles story when Sony approached them to make an animated Spider-Man movie. “This story’s been told a lot of times. We love Miles Morales,” Lord said. “We thought this was an amazing way to tell the Spider-Man story.”

“The thought of this movie was, ‘What if these different stories intersected? What would it do, how would it shake them up, and what would happen if these people met?'” Lord said.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hits theaters December 14.

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  • Comic-Con 2018 Friday Schedule
  • Best Cosplay From Comic-Con 2018 Day 1
  • DC Universe Titans Trailer: F*** Batman
  • Once Again, It’s A Nightmare To Get Into SDCC’s Main Hall
  • Everything We Learned About DC Universe
  • All The Exclusive Funko Pop Figures You Can Buy At SDCC
  • Doctor Who’s New Sonic Screwdriver Revealed Alongside New Trailer
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Animated Series Is Back In New Trailer
  • Cool-Looking Spider-Man PS4 Pro Bundle Announced
  • Dragon Ball Super: Broly Movie Trailer Reveals Some Big Fights
  • The Walking Dead Season 9 Teaser Hints At Uneasy Truce
  • DC Collectibles Reveals Toys From Batman, Justice League, And More
  • This Huge Lego Thanos Demands You Bow Before Him
  • Netflix’s Iron Fist 2 Gets Release Date, Teases Daughters Of The Dragon
  • DC Holds Weird, Cult-Like Event To Promote Heroes In Crisis
  • James Gunn Fired From Guardians Of The Galaxy 3
  • What’s Up With The “F*** Batman” Line In The New Titans Trailer?
  • Andrew Lincoln Confirms The Walking Dead Season 9 Will Be His Last
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New Joker Movie In Talks With Deadpool 2 Actress

Just a day after Warner Bros. announced that the new Joker origin movie starring Joaquin Phoenix would hit theatres in October 2019, a big piece of casting news has now been revealed. Deadpool 2 and Atlanta star Zazie Beetz is in talks to join Joker, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Should Beetz sign on for the movie, she will reportedly play a single mother who “catches the interest” of the man who goes on to become the Joker.

That’s all the information we have to go on at the moment, and it’s unclear how far along the talks are between Beetz and Warner Bros. So far, Beetz is the only other cast member besides Phoenix–who is playing the Joker–for the upcoming movie.

Joker is being directed by The Hangover series director Todd Phillips. Phillips is writing the script alongside Scott Silver, who wrote for the Oscar-winning movies The Fighter and 8 Mile.

According to a previous report, Joker has a budget of “only” around $55 million. The film will apparently be more “experimental in tone and content,” likened to a “crime drama.”

Phoenix previously spoke about why he was attracted to the project. “…I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied,” he said. “And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea.”

The new Joker movie with Phoenix is separate from the other one starring Jared Leto as the Clown Prince of Crime. Phoenix’s movie will reportedly have no impact on Leto’s portrayal of The Joker in future movies–including Suicide Squad 2 and his film.

Netflix’s Iron Fist 2 Gets Release Date, Teases Daughters Of The Dragon At Comic-Con 2018

Iron Fist Season 2–or Iron Fist 2 for short–will arrive on Netflix on September 7, the streaming company announced during its Iron Fist panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. The new season will feature fight choreography by Creed and Black Panther choreographer Clayton Barber, and will guest star Simone Missick as Misty Knight and Alice Eve (from Star Trek: Into Darkness) as villain Typhoid Mary, next to Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing) and Finn Jones (Danny Rand)–all of whom were in attendance on the panel.

Netflix also showed footage from Iron Fist Season 2 during the panel. In one short clip (watch it above), Rand puts his fighting skills to use stopping an alleyway robbery. In a voiceover, he says, “A war is brewing. This is my city now. It’s my duty to protect it. And I’m not letting it down.”

Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel Television, said one of their goals was to “up the game” in terms of the show’s fight choreography in Season 2. In an exclusive clip, Rand fought a whole crew of bad guys, showing off a crisp new style of action for the show.

The clip showed Rand standing in the middle of the street with a cloth mask over the bottom half of his face, wearing a hoodie. Rand holds up his hand, and a truck stops in the middle of the road. The driver guns it, and Rand sidesteps, iron-fisting the truck’s front end and knocking the wheels off. He beats up everyone in the truck, dodging gunfire, and ends the fight by iron-fisting the ground, knocking all his opponents down and setting off nearby car alarms.

Henwick went on to tease the Daughters of the Dragon, a fan favorite duo consisting of Colleen Wing and Misty Knight. Another exclusive clip showed Misty and Colleen fighting together, before breaking off into separate battles. Misty uses her metal arm to knock an assailant off a motorcycle, while Colleen fights off two other skilled women inside.

Yet another clip showed the two engaged in a fight with the machete-wielding Typhoid Mary, Eve’s character, a comics villain who’s new to Marvel’s live action universe.

“Seeing these two badasses together, I think these fans are going to love,” Henwick said during the panel.

Missick compared her place in Iron Fist Season 2 with Colleen’s role in Luke Cage Season 2. “Misty comes to Iron Fist season 2, where Colleen is kind of in a similar headspace [to Misty in Luke Cage Season 2]; she’s not really sure where she is in the world, where she fits in terms of helping her community, and Misty’s there to tell her to pick herself up,” Missick said. “And there’s no BS between these two; it’s not like them sitting on the couch like, ‘Oh my god, what’s up with you and Danny?’…That’s the best thing about these two women’s relationship.”

Another clip, a flashback set inside K’un-Lun, showed Danny and Sacha Dhawan’s character Davos facing each other in an extremely brutal ritual fight meant to determine which of them would face the infamous dragon and become the Iron Fist. In the clip, the two donned familiar-looking yellow masks, eliciting cheers from the crowd. By the fight’s end, both characters are covered in blood. In a separate clip, Davos’s fist appeared to light up–another tease for comics fans.

All of the footage shown seemed like a significant step up from Iron Fist Season 1, which famously did not receive a warm reception from most fans or critics, especially when compared with Netflix’s other Marvel shows. We’ll see if the entire new season maintains this heightened quality when Iron Fist Season 2 arrives on Netflix September 7.

San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Coverage

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  • DC Universe Titans Trailer: F*** Batman
  • Once Again, It’s A Nightmare To Get Into SDCC’s Main Hall
  • Here’s How Much DC Universe Will Cost
  • All The Exclusive Funko Pop Figures You Can Buy At SDCC
  • Sons Of Anarchy Spin-Off Mayans MC Trailer Revealed At SDCC
  • Check Out The Creepy SDCC Exclusive Poster For The Predator Movie
  • Doctor Who’s New Sonic Screwdriver Revealed Alongside New Trailer
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Animated Series Is Back In New Trailer
  • Cool-Looking Spider-Man PS4 Pro Bundle Announced
  • Dragon Ball Super: Broly Movie Trailer Reveals Some Big Fights
  • The Walking Dead Season 9 Teaser Hints At Uneasy Truce
  • DC Collectibles Reveals Toys From Batman, Justice League, And More
  • Comic-Con 2018: This Huge Lego Thanos Demands You Bow Before Him

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Update Adds Free Zelda: Breath Of The Wild DLC

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is getting DLC based on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild–and the great news is it’s free and it’s available right now. Update 1.6 for the racing game adds the Master Cycle Zero and the Champion’s Tunic from Breath of the Wild. Also included in the update are tires and a paraglider based on the acclaimed RPG.

You can check out the new content in the trailer embedded above.

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The surprise announcement and release of this new Mario Kart 8 content comes just days after Nintendo teased more DLC for the racing game. At the time, Nintendo didn’t say anything about what the content would be, but now we now.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold 9.22 million copies as of March 31, which makes it the second-most commercially successful game for the console, only behind Super Mario Odyssey (10.41 million copies sold).

The next Mario Kart game is Mario Kart: Tour for mobile devices. It will mark the franchise’s debut on mobile platforms, and given the size and appeal of the franchise, it could be Nintendo’s next big success story. The game is due to launch by March 2019.

In other Mario Kart news, Nintendo announced a partnership with Mattel today to release Mario Kart Hot Wheels–you can see them here.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Version 1.6.0

  • New character added: Link (Champion’s Tunic)
  • New vehicle added: Master Cycle Zero
  • New tires added: Ancient Tires
  • New glider added: Paraglider
  • Update includes revisions to improve gameplay, as well as some content not listed here.

Riverdale- Everything We Know So Far

Riverdale is an adaptation of the Archie comic books. The show follows a teenage Archie and his classmates Betty, Veronica, and Jughead Jones along with a host of other teenagers as they navigate the mysterious and occasionally dangerous waters of high school in the small town of Riverdale. The show has been very successful and is now getting ready to release a third season.

What It’s About

The third season, which comes out in a few months, is set a short time ahead of where the series left off after the shocking Season 2 finale. It takes place over Labour Day, so Archie’s murder trial should be underway by this point.

Cosmopolitan reports that this season is going to deal with the tragedy that occurs in Season 2 and will back up a bit from all the murder. A representative of the show hinted that all the deaths may not be a coincidence and said that while the show will keep its dark tone, the relationships will continue to be integral to the story. Also, expect some new characters, potentially including Jughead’s mom.

Who’s Who

Crew

  • The show was created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Carrie), which explains some of the darker elements, as Sacasa is known for working in the horror genre.

Cast

  • The show stars KJ Apa (A Dog’s Purpose) as Archie, the teenage musician who we last saw getting carted off to face trial for a murder we know he didn’t commit.
  • Lili Reinhart (Miss Stevens) plays Betty, an intelligent teenager.
  • Camila Mendes will continue to play Veronica, a rich New York socialite.
  • Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody) plays Jughead Jones, a damaged bad boy.

What’s Been Released So Far

No official trailer has been released, but the cast of Riverdale is very fond of posting photos from behind the scenes as well as from their lives, so there have been a lot of glimpses at the production of Season 3 from Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram.

Perhaps the most revealing photo came from the creator, who tweeted a photo of the cover page of the script for the first episode. The episode was titled “Labour Day,” which reveals that the show will begin a few months after the events of the Season 2 finale.

What We Want At Comic-Con

though the show has been to Comic-Con before, Riverdale will be making its first appearance ever in Hall H on Sunday and will be sharing a video presentation for fans. It’s possible that the presentation will include footage from Season 3, but this is pure speculation; ideally the presentation will include a trailer that gives us a better idea as to the plot of the third season, which premieres October 10.